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“The work Liz Heath performed for our non-profit agency regarding a feasibility study for a possible capital campaign was completed with consummate skill and timeliness.  We have used the final report and its recommendations for the past ten years as a template for organizational growth and development to great effect.  Liz was responsive to our needs and concerns and her interactions and communications were always clear and pleasant.”


Evan Ferber

Executive Director

Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County


“The information was fantastic! The presenter was knowledgeable. She was a clear communicator”


Secretary of State training participant

Liz Heath




Liz Heath has been active in the nonprofit sector for more than 35 years. Her work is grounded in the knowledge that any community is healthier and stronger when its nonprofit organizations are well led and well managed.

Liz was the Founder and Executive Director of The Nonprofit Center for twelve years where she also served as its Principal Consultant. She is an experienced consultant, interim executive director, retreat facilitator, trainer and speaker with a special emphasis on nonprofit governance. She has served as adjunct faculty member in nonprofit management at the University of Oregon and as an instructor at the University of Washington Tacoma in the Fund Raising Certificate Program. She is a frequent presenter at local, statewide and regional conferences.

Heath is a certified facilitator for the Core Capacities Assessment Tool and a Beta User of the Impact Capacity Assessment Tool. She is an active member of the Executive Transition and Leadership Continuity Affinity Group sponsored by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

For eight years Heath wrote a regular column on nonprofit issues for The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA). In 2008 she was Host and Producer of “Reaching Out,” a community television program featuring area nonprofit organizations. She is author of “Nonprofit Governance – a look at nonprofit boards in the South Puget Sound region,” published in the Spring 2003 edition of the Crossroads Journal, University of Washington Tacoma. Heath was a founding member of Washington Nonprofits (the state association), the University of Washington Tacoma Citizens’ Advisory Committee and City Club of Tacoma.

She currently is a member of the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association and sits on the boards of the Nonprofit Leaders Conference, the Puget Sound Welsh Association and is past President of the Tacoma Estate Planning Council. She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials where she serves as Vice Chair (2015-16). She holds a BA in English Literature from Lawrence University of Appleton, Wisconsin.



Selected current and past clients

501 Commons; Program Development

CAPA (Community Alternatives for People with Autism); Board Development

Center for Independence; Strategic Planning, Grantwriting

White Center Food Bank; Strategic Planning and Governance Development

Discover Burien; Governance Consulting

French Immersion School of Washington; Strategic Board Recruitment

Gig Harbor Film Festival, Interim Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County; Interim Executive Director

NW Furniture Bank, Strategic Planning

St. Vincent de Paul, Tacoma-Pierce County; Governance and Strategic Planning Consulting

The Humane Society for Tacoma-Pierce County; Board Assessment & Development

Pacific Ballroom Dance, Strategic Planning

Scleroderma Foundation, National Conference Planning & Facilitation

The Mustard Seed Project; Policy Development

Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Foundation; Tax-exempt Status Application

Coastal Interpretive Center (formerly Ocean Shores Interpretive Center); Interim Director, Transition Consulting



Presentations (Selected)

Cultural Congress of the Washington State Arts Alliance

NonProfit Insurance Program Annual Conference

Nonprofit Leaders Conference for Coastal and SW Washington

Nonprofit Network Annual Conference

North Central Washington Nonprofit Summit

Office of the Secretary of State, Washington, Nonprofit Governance Training

Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools

Scleroderma Foundation National Conference

Washington State Main Street Program



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